THE South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is in the procurement process for the purchase of a new ultrasound machine to replace the one stolen.
SWRHA’s chief executive officer, Anil Gosine, confirmed yesterday that the machine purchased at a cost of $350,000 four years ago was stolen and not misplaced.
The cost of a new machine should be about $450,000, he said.
The machine, used in operating theatres of the San Fernando General Hospital, was discovered missing on August 9, and investigations by the police and the SWRHA were launched.
Gosine said there was in fact a breach of security because someone tampered with the alarm system.
He said the alarm system was disabled either the night before the machine was stolen or the actual day the theft occurred.
Gosine said: “We are having searches. I can’t tell you if we have any lead, but we are looking for the ultrasound.
“We are interviewing a few persons and we are looking at how that alarm system was disabled.
“The security manager and his team, they are looking at it with the police at this point. We saw how it was disabled, (but) we don’t know who disabled it.”
Gosine did not want to reveal details on what was actually done to disable the system.
He said while other machines were being used, some inconvenience was caused.
He said the hospital was always upgrading its security system.